Public Works Contractor Registration Program

  • Senate Bill 854, signed into law June 20, 2014, became effective immediately.  It established a new public works contractor registration program which will collect fees to fund compliance monitoring and enforcement, determine prevailing wage and public works coverage and hear enforcement appeals.

    All contractors and subcontractors intending to bid or perform work on public works projects will be required to register for the program, and annually renew, online.  The cost to register for the program is $300 paid to the DIR and is non-refundable.

    The phase-in timetable is as follows:

    July 1, 2014 - Registration program became effective and first contractors registered.  Initial registrations will be valid through June 30, 2015

    March 1, 2015 - No contractor or subcontractor may be listed on a bid proposal for a public works project unless registered with DIR.

    April 1, 2015 - No contractor or subcontractor may work on a public works project unless registered with DIR.

    All contractors and subcontractors must furnish electronic certified payroll records directly to the Labor Commissioner.  The phase-in timetable for this requirement is as follows:

    June 20, 2014 - Any project that was being monitored by the CMU prior to the adoption of SB 854 will continue to be monitored by the Labor Commissioner afterward; and the contractors on those projects must continue to furnish certified payroll records to the Labor Commissioner until the project is complete.

    April 1, 2015 - For all new projects awarded on or after this date, the contractors and subcontractors must furnish electronic certified payroll records to the Labor Commissioner.

    Anytime - For projects besides those listed above, the Labor Commissioner ay at any time require the contractors and subcontractors to furnish electronic certified payroll records.

    January 1, 2016 - The requirement to furnish electronic certified payroll records to the Labor Commissioner will apply to all public works projects, whether new or ongoing.


    More information can be found at http://www.dir.ca.gov/Public-Works/PublicWorks.html